Denali National Park and Preserve

North America | | November 10, 2011 at 4:02 am




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Denali National Park and Preserve is a wildlife reserve situated in Alaska and is primarily famous for housing North America’s highest mountain, Denali. The area covered by this park and preserve is 24,585 km².

What kind of wildlife you can expect to come across during your visit to the Denali National Park and Preserve? The region acts as a habitat for different species of Alaskan mammals and birds. The place is heavily populated by black bears and grizzly bears. You will frequently come across caribous roaming around the park in herds. The mountainside is specifically known for being home to Dall sheep.

Denali National Park and Preserve

Inspite of having significant human influence, the Denali National Park and Preserve has both active and historic dens of gray wolves. Denali is also inhabited strongly by martens, wolverines, foxes and lynx; however, you will rarely get to see these animals as they are extremely elusive in nature. Besides that, smaller animal species like squirrels, pikas, beavers, snowshoe hares and hoary marmots are found in the park in plenty.

Squirrel at Denali National Park and Preserve Hoary marmots at Squirrel at Denali National Park and Preserve

The avian population of Denali makes it a paradise for bird watchers. Thousands of species of migratory birds come to this place around late spring and reside here all through the summer months.  If you are a lucky birdwatcher, you might get a glimpse of majestic birds like pine grosbeaks, wheatears, tundra swans, waxwings, Arctic Warblers and Ptarmigans. The park is also inhabited by predatory birds such as gyrfalcons, owls and hawks, the most special species being the golden eagle.

Pine Grosbeak at Denali National Park and Preserve Hawk at Denali National Park and Preserve

Let us now, get acquainted with the wide variety of fishes found in the water bodies of the Denali National Park and Preserve. Waters of this park house 10 fish species, which includes names like arctic grayling, salmon and trout. As most lakes and rivers in Denali have glaciers and glacial salt, the metabolism of these fishes are impaired, which prevents them from attaining normal sizes. The only amphibian species present at the park is wood frog.

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